Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday Thingers: Serial Killer (Or: Hi, I'm not dead.)

This week's question:
Do you collect any series? Do you read series books? Fantasy? Mystery? Science fiction? Religious? Other genre? Do you use the series feature in LT to help you find new books or figure out what you might be missing from a series?

I've been on vacation for the past ten days. Unfortunately, my post announcing this never went live (Thanks Blogger), so if you were wondering about my whereabouts, A. You're awesome and B. I'm not dead.

Series books had a big part in shaping my love of reading. Most of what I read as a kid were series: Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Twins, The Baby-Sitters Club (at one point I'd read all of the BSC books in publication), Nancy Drew, The Heather Reed Mysteries, and some much-coveted Cherry Ames books that I procured in a school library sale. As a teenager, I read and enjoyed a lot of books by L.M. Montgomery (although I still haven't read the Anne books, I've read just about every other book she'd written) and Janette Oke.

It's no surprise that my love of series books continues as an adult. Probably thirty percent, if not more, of the books I own are part of a series. When I find characters I like, I want to hang onto them for awhile. Most of my series books tend to be mysteries, young adult, or a combination of the two: Miss Marple Mysteries and Hercule Poirot Mysteries by Agatha Christie, the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King, The Land of Elyon by Patrick Carmen, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, the Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters, and a lots of television and movie tie-in series (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Star Wars, The X-Files), just to name a few.

I do browse LibraryThing's series feature from time to time. It's helpful for keeping track of which books I need, since, for the most part, I'm a series completist. I tend to hear about new series through other means, though. For instance, I discovered the Enola Holmes Mysteries while browsing Traci's library, I found the Cat Royal series by Julia Golding from the publisher's website, and I can blame the local PBS station, WHYY, for introducing me to Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series.


  1. Glad to hear you are well!

    I loved the Babysitter's club books when I was growing up. Since I have two boys, I had to pass the books along to my neices.

    I only own one copy of the Babysitter's club books now, and it's in Italian - I picked it up after taking a year of Italian in college, but I've never finished the book.

  2. I absolutely loved Sweet Valley Twins :-)

  3. Oh I loved Sweet valley and Nancy drew series. I still collect them when i visit second hand bookstores. I'll pass them on to my kids one day(when i have them)

  4. I had every book in the SVH series up to #60!

    And BSC too - even the extras like when they went on cruises.

    I was sad to get rid of them (gave them to my cousins).

  5. While growing up I had shelves and SHELVES of Sweet Valley High and Babysitter's Club books.

    On one occassion, I can remember finishing a SVH book and BEGGING my mother to take me to the store for the next one before it closed. She's a reader too, so of course she did :)

    Currently, I'm working my way through Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta Series and I'm almost caught up with Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse Series.

  6. I hope you had a great time on your vacation. I was born way before the Babysitter's Club. Back in the dark ages, we had series like The Boxcar Children and Little House on the Prairie.

  7. I read all of those series growing up and was totally addicted. I even read Hardy Boys because I read all the Nancy Drews at the libary and this was the only other series that I hadn't read.

    Enjoy your dinner with Scott tonight. Elena and I are going to miss him, but at the same time we are excited that he will get to check out the area.

  8. Glad that you are back! I too read series because I can follow the characters that I fall in love with.

  9. I forgot about Poirot, I loved those!

  10. Hey, Ruth. Glad you're not dead! I've read a lot of series, too. I read Sue Grafton's books a few years ago one after the other from A to M. When I was all caught up with her, I felt as though a good friend had moved away! And like you, most of the series I read are basically mysteries, though I find it hard to consider the work of authors such as James Lee Burke to be "mysteries." Nancy Drew was the first, though, and still and idol!

  11. I too glad to hear you were not dead..lol...I was beginning to get a bit concerned! Those bad Blogger folks.

    I don't think that I ever read any of those kids series when I was a kid. I think I went right on to more adult stuff, like Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes at a very early age.

  12. Ruth - I hope you had a great vacation; I was happy to see your post when I was scrolling thru my Reader tonight :)

    I loved the Little House books and Nancy Drew also. One of the bookcases in our playroom has almost all the Babysitters Club books, classics!

    I don't read a lot of series these days, although I will look for other books by authors I've enjoyed.

  13. Just wanted to let you know that i loved the little card you sent me with that bookmark :) that kitty on the piano is just so adorable.

    thanks for your wonderful blog!